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annual festival to celebrate the enormous amount of sharks’ teeth washed up on its shores each year. Travelling down the Gulf Coast, visitors arrive at Port Charlotte, with more than 165 miles of waterways and home to every type of watersport.


Fort Myers has a diverse set of attractions. As well as glorious beaches and top restaurants, visitors can visit the neighbouring winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, now museums celebrating their achievements.


Laid-back and classy Naples is a centre of cultural pleasures as well as classy clothes boutiques and fine dining. Farther down the coast is Marco Island, the largest of Florida’s Ten Thousand Islands, known for its laid-back lifestyle.


Returning to the beaches east of Lake Okeechobee visitors arrive on the Treasure Coast, named after the sinking of a Spanish fleet in 1715. Fort Pierce, called the Sunrise


City, is a thriving mix of cultural and family activity. The Sunrise


Theatre offers a diverse range of entertainment and the city is home to several educational and research facilities, including the Manatee Observation and Education Center where visitors can get up close to these extraordinary creatures. Along the coast is Port St. Lucie, which has grown from a small farming community 50 years ago to a beautiful holiday hotspot where tourists can explore the environmental attractions of the area by foot, horse or canoe.


Jensen Beach, once the Pineapple Capital of the World, still holds an annual pineapple festival and attracts visitors looking for the best shopping centres on the Treasure Coast. The roads down the Atlantic coast inevitably lead to the wonders of Miami, but before arriving there are many beautiful resorts to explore on the way. The name Palm Beach conjures


Quaint Fort Myers has a diverse set of attractions. As well as glorious beaches and top restaurants, visitors can visit the neighbouring winter homes of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, now museums


images of tasteful architecture, fine dining, superb shopping and championship golf courses. And that’s what the island of Palm Beach offers. Worth Avenue in Palm Beach has been voted one of the three most iconic shopping streets in America, with 250 upmarket shops, boutiques and restaurants where Armani, Gucci, Chanel and Cartier rub shoulders. If shopping isn’t for you, perhaps golf is. Choose between five championship golf courses such as The Champion, designed by Jack Nicklaus and home of the annual PGA Honda Classic event, or the recently


renovated Fazio course.


Henry Flagler’s magnificent estate in Palm Beach is now a museum well worth





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